The signature injuries sustained from improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in Iraq and Afghanistan—catastrophic bleeding, traumatic brain injuries (TBI), multiple limb loss and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)—are resulting in far fewer deaths today than when the wars began due to advances in medical research. “Young men are surviving injuries that would have killed them 10 or 15 years ago,” says Dr. Iain Mackenzie, critical care consultant at University Hospitals Birmingham in the ...

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